Botanical Name: (Quercus alba) Oak loves to bend and is seldom cantankerous in this regard. White oak seems to have a slightly finer texture than red oak. Pores are large and take some time to fill but the end results are worth the effort. Quartered stock displays an irregular pattern of medullary rays that add interest to the ring lines. Oak instruments always take most players by surprise, especially if they hear them before seeing them. Oak is fun to work with.